Of Course Newcastle Have Team Spirit – Here’s The Proof


33 year-old Chad Harpur was born in Johannesburg in South Africa and he is currently the Sporting Director of the La Manga Club which Newcastle visited last week.

Harpur was a goalkeeper and played for a number of clubs but didn’t have a long career in the game and is now resident in La Manga.

steve mcclaren and players la manga

Steve McClaren and players last week at La Manga
Hey – where’s the sun?


Chad oversaw Newcastle’s visit to the training camp and watched the lads train a few times and he was asked if the Newcastle squad have good team spirit – well at least from what he could tell.

This is what he told the Chronicle today:

“My opinion is that they have definitely got team spirit. I saw that just watching the training sessions and the players around the place.”

“They have got a really good chance this season. Football is a funny game, it’s about confidence, that’s all.” “One or two good results and all of a sudden you are flying.”

“The game against Stoke is really important. Hopefully, they will win it and then I think the confidence will grow.”

“The La Manga Club wishes them all the best. I am hoping that Newcastle’s trip can help show a difference with their results and help them move forward.”

“I think it will be good for everybody.” “We’re not naive here at La Manga Club,” “The facility is more than good enough for Premier League clubs.”

“To get to La Manga it’s a two-hour flight from the UK and you are quickly in private space and behind closed doors to get on with your work.”

“It is an ideal place for that.”

When you have to ask almost a complete outsider if the team has team spirit then it probably means the squad is struggling on that front.

But Chad is right in that it only takes a couple of wins for us to really build up some momentum and get away from the bottom of the Premier League.

Look at Southampton since Fraser Forster came back six games ago.

They haven’t conceded s goal and have five wins and a draw at Arsenal – so 16 points from six games.

Just imagine for one moment that we could do that and with six games to go we would be on 40 points.

We’d be pushing for a place in Europe.

Well – maybe not.

It’s at least worth thinking about to cheer us all up.

🙂

Comments welcome.


104 comments so far

  • Dime Bar

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #1

    We need as much spirit and steel we can get asap

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #2

    I just missed the bus, so

    repost

    ManC played a lot of kids and got stuffed same as we did.

    It’s ok putting them in one at a time but slinging them in wholesale is asking for trouble.

    Having said that I’d be happy to see Sterry play against Stoke.

    And no kamikaze tactics either, park the bus if need be.

    No mention of R t ion either.

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #3

    anyone see brendan rogers on bbc yesterday?….could’nt help but think he’s already been talked to about taking over the in the summer,just from the way he was talking about his future and shearer sitting beside him grinning like a he already knew the big secret!…..he didnt say he was offered the job or even mentioned newcastle, but just my thought at the time…. did anyone else get think that??

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #4

    evening all….by the way!lol

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  • Ravensd

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Watched the spurs palace game yesterday. We definitely missed a trick with Delle Ali if the rumours were true. Kids got bags of skill. Though Im sure he’d be crocked playing LB or something here when not stuck behind gouffran in the pecking order

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  • cyprus

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Errr, no.

    Regarding that bus, I read you. Do that with Chelsea who are masters of the craft and they are at a loss.
    But Stoke? Not so sure. We are a better team, but I guess we are very vulnerable.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Just wish Mr Ashley would get Thomas Tuchel in, best young manager around at the present.

    More chance of seeing pigs do a fly past over St James park.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #9

    …and this mysterious orb that can’t be caught is called …..”The Ball”…

    “Ooohhh”

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Springy I did notice that, though it was a little strange

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  • Fostino

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Whatll be the xb pairing for next game dummett and janmaat are the wingback anyway. Taylor & lascalles sounds horrendous

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib

    Nice to see Carver in his new job in the video.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Essex did you see that interview with Carver where he claims he discovered the rugby playing Frazer Forster from RGS and had to teach him how to catch a football ?
    A total pack of lies
    When the Toon signed young Fraser he’d been playing for Stocksfield then Wallsend Boys for years.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Is Schteve saying:

    ” I like to bust this move and let my whole body replicate the action and then in the breakdown I might drop to the deck and do a windmill. But I don’t do the Head Spin any more.”

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  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #15

    BandB
    “The blog isn’t going to recover lurching from war to civil war and back.”
    Wise words indeed.
    I don’t think I’m the only ex-regular who is disaffected. I used to be a regular poster and still check out the comments, occasionally dipping in, but rarely hanging around.
    I don’t have enough free time to spend hours or even most of the day on here like some, and it isn’t as much fun as it used to be anyway.

    A lot of the time there really isn’t anything much except the usual unattractive WUMs winding each other up, occasional genuine wit, but far too much of JIB and his ilk trying not to wind people up too much. Posting Google-searches etc. is anodyne but isn’t too offensive but then serious carnivores trying to go vegetarian often fail.

    Then we have the paranoia of the multiples.. Nuff said.
    The Pardew bashers just can’t let go either.

    So while the blog is mimicking the internecine strife of the Tory party over the EU or Labour over nuclear weapons – and the thing that unites bloggers most is mutual dislike…. then it’ll remain an occasional drop in.

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  • banjax

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Heard all this rubbish about team spirit before it’s always after an abysmal Newcastle performance and and yet another defeat and it’s happening now for the umpteenth time. It seems reality takes a nap when this concocted fantasy of hope, team spirit, top class players at the club who will fight for victory. What a load of cock! Talking a good fight is all well and good, but this team is badly managed and very fragile and led by a management who are grasping at straws and living on their nerves and all these jolly stories serve to do is build false courage and hope for the players and the supporters. Let’s put it this way a loss against Stoke means nothing learnt or achieved by La Manga or anything else in 18 wasted days and Mike Ashley needs to get out of his trance and bring in new management.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #17

    21st Century Schizoid Man

    Glad you had the time to join in.

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #18

    springy

    if we stay up they wont sack mclaren
    and if we go down will rogers want to manage in the championship

    h8 to say it i cant see happening

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib
    How can you say that about the best most honest coach we ever had, shame on you.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #20

    banjax

    I would kill for 18 wasted days, but then suffer from trauma of my own actions, personal disgust and lack of Munchies.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Amazing to think that Bolton are only worth 12.5 M pounds over 5 years. That’s what the new ownership group are going to pay, as well as having to pay off something like 2.2 pounds in back taxes. What would we be worth if we got relegated? Hard to even estimate, but possibly 75M or 80M pounds. Possibly you should have thought about that before hiring a series of lackeys Mike.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #22

    I know it’s not football but what do people think, In or Out.

    I personally haven’t a clue. But Cameron strikes me as being on a par with Par……. oops better not mention that name.

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  • BandB

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Please Bill…

    Not here.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Dime Bar @1

    Sounds like your calling for a quick, but drunk Musketeer.

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  • BandB

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #25

    We have enough trouble with up or down.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #26

    I would have Aitor Karanka as our new manager in a heart beat mates. McLaren just isn’t the right fit for us. Plus I don’t like frontal hair tufties…. Harrumph.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Essex Geordie Bill

    I will not be doing In or Out with Cameron. I do have a lovely European girlfriend who gets my vote.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #28

    21c – if you had added a footballing aside to your complaint it might have been the near perfect post 🙂

    Mind I can’t speak…glass houses etc.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #29

    up and down
    in and out
    this is starting to sound like a porno blog
    😀

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #30

    I like BoJo. Always a hoot. I love the bit where he stood up in the House, and someone shouted ” Tuck yer shirt in!” 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #31

    No jeff, it’s the hokey cokey

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Daniel Stewart ?@DanStew90 2m2 minutes ago
    Sure Tiote had two goals disallowed for players in the GK line of vision for #nufc. Yet Mata’s goal had 3 players in front of GK & it stands

    Bloody Manure!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m already thinking ahead to the summer, although I don’t know what division we’ll be in. If we stay up the top priority must be a CB. A real, honest to God excellent CB. A big man with mobility and leadership qualities. After that I sort out who to keep in goal. And who the backup is. And a striker please. A real striker with excellent experience. And sort out whether Sissoko is staying or leaving. And decide whether to keep Doumbia. And get a proper LB in. And sort out De Jong. And decide about Cisse (time for him to go in my opinion). And have another look at how well the academy and reserve team are being run. And review the performances of all the executives. Other than that there’s not much to do……

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Essex

    100% out

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Lindisfarne A drunk musketeer in central defence will do

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #36

    If you lot would like I could probably have a word with Justin Trudeau and we could accept you as our 11th province….. 😯

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #37
  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #38

    There is a small joining levy of course. Quite reasonable. I believe it’s 100 billion pounds or so….

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #39

    GeordieTwo less than we are paying now 🙂

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Boris Johnson as Centre Half could work

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWIUp19bBoA

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